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Microsoft has no plans to sell off its Xbox division
Microsoft has no plans to sell off its Xbox division
May 28, 2014 | By Mike Rose

May 28, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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"I have no intent to do anything different with Xbox than we are doing today."
- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that, despite calls from some investors to sell off the Xbox division, he currently has no plans to do so.

Nadella was named the new Microsoft CEO earlier this year, taking over the role from Steve Ballmer, and he said at the time that his focus for Microsoft would be on pushing mobile and cloud services over the company's devices and services divisions.

This led some investors to believe that Microsoft may sell off its Xbox division sometime in the future -- but Nadella said at the Code Conference this week, as reported by The Verge, that this isn't on the cards.

He added that software is "the most malleable resource," and that bringing hardware to the market will always be an essential goal for Microsoft.

"It is the thing that is really going to power all the experiences on all the devices today and tomorrow," Nadella added. "In order to be in the hunt for those experiences, and get it right, you do need to from time to time build devices, so you don't leave anything to chance."


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matthew hager
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"The network is 100% behind him, right until they sack him"

Of course they have to say this because any hint of weakness of lack of faith in their product would be completely detrimental to the XB1 regardless of their future plans. If they want to sell it off they have to keep interest in the product to achieve the maximum sale price and if they are not going to sell it then they can;t give any impression that they are not 100% behind it then that could/will lead to a lack of consumer confidence .

Either way this is a pretty meaningless statement that Microsoft had to make.

Dane MacMahon
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Yep.

If the Xbox One is still struggling behind PS4 in a year or so we will see how they react. Their clear goal since launching the first Xbox was to use it as a trojan horse for living room media dominance. That dream is almost dead. If the game console part can't even win over Sony's machine, I imagine many investors will start calling for it to be sold off again.

Also they're ignoring just how crucial gaming is to Windows, which could do with their (better executed) attention.


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